Note to all future mid-week bible study/home group fellow attendees, whoever you are at whatever church you are: I'd like to encourage us all to actually pray during prayer time. Okay? I'm not exempting myself here, I'm just making observations.
It is strange, but there seems to be a rigid blueprint for mid-week evening church gatherings. It doesn't matter what church, denomination, or belief system. Or at least the ones I've been associated with.
First, there's "fellowship time." You know, that 15-30 minute period where we have cookies and punch and chat that also serves as a buffer to allow fashionable lateness. Then there's the "teaching time," or similar. That's when we look at the bible, or teaching, or whatever book written on whatever topic by whatever author, and discuss or answer questions
Then, last - and actually least! - is "prayer time." You know. It's that last 15-20 minute period before the scheduled end time of the mid-week group. You know? The time where the first 10 minutes minimum of it is spent wrapping up "teaching time?" Yes, you know. Then, out of the 10 minutes remaining in "prayer time," 15-20 minutes of that 10 minutes is spent listing our prayer requests in detail.
Then, once we go 10 minutes past the end of the mid-week group and people start gathering up their bibles and other belongings and the kids are fidgeting, the leader of the group states that we are out of time and throws up a blanket prayer like, "Lord bless everybody. Amen" and we never actually pray. You know? You know.